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Canada Post vows to stop parking delivery trucks in Toronto bike lanes

NEWS STAFF | posted Wednesday, Jul 26th, 2017

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It’s a common site on the streets of Toronto — cyclists deftly avoiding delivery trucks that have parked in bicycle lanes.

Canada Post is a frequent offender, but not for long, the Crown corporation vowed on Tuesday.

“Canada Post understands the concerns raised regarding safety and bike lanes in Toronto,” it said in a statement. “As a result, we are instructing our employees to not park in bike lanes in the City of Toronto. For pickups or deliveries, they are expected to find a safe location to park their vehicle.”

Cyclists will likely rejoice, but deliveries could be impacted.

“If a safe parking location is not available, our employees are expected to avoid the stop, continue on their route and return any undelivered items to the depot,” Canada Post added.

Mayor John Tory said the decision would help keep traffic flowing, and would ultimately make the roads safer for cyclists.

“I have made no secret of my desire to get Toronto moving. Traffic – bikes, transit vehicles, delivery trucks and cars – can’t move if lanes are blocked,” he said in a release.

“This decision will help make the commute safer for cyclists.

“We will continue working with Canada Post and all other stakeholders to address delivery issues in Toronto.”

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